The employee ownership team at Station 43 Tavern just wants to say thanks

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Weather permitting, the Station 43 patio is open. (Photography: Benjamin Margalit)

By Beth Newcomb

For over a decade, Station 43 Tavern in Solon has been a go-to place for people who want the feel-good vibe that can only come from a locally owned establishment.

Lisa Randazzo-Ross, who is part of the Station 43 employee ownership team that includes Anthony Fiorelli, likes to describe the feel at her beloved eatery as “Cheers”-like.

Appetizers like the breaded mushrooms (top) and breaded cauliflower hit the spot.

“This is the place where everybody knows your name,” she smiles. “We make it a point to connect with our customers, and our regulars love coming here as much for our delicious dishes as for the genuinely warm camaraderie.”

Anthony Fiorelli, managing owner

The good vibrations from patrons have been especially uplifting during what can only be described as a trying time.

“Everyone is short on staff,” Lisa says. “That’s no secret. And we’re affected just like every other restaurant in Northeast Ohio. The difference is that here our customers have been so supportive and kind. They know we’re trying to ‘do it all’ with a limited staff, and we appreciate their patience as we continue to navigate the changing norms.”

Lisa Randazzo-Ross, managing owner

Staff members at Station 43 continue to work overtime to meet the demand, and Lisa says anyone interested in a culinary or food service career with the team should stop in to apply or fill out an application on their website,

Jill Davis, front of house supervisor

Fresh Winter Menu
Spirits are high among the Station 43 crew members, despite the additional workload, and Lisa and Anthony are particularly excited about the new offerings for the season. Chef Brian Swaney has just put the finishing touches on the new winter menu, and he’s thrilled to announce the jumbo Bavarian pretzel is back.

Chef Brian Swaney

“We’ve also added mini corn dogs to our menu,” Chef Brian says. “We’re plating up 10 for just $7.99. People are also loving our spinach and artichoke dip, priced at just $10.99 and served piping hot.”

Anthony says his new favorite is the Penne Pasta Bolognese, made in-house with rich, heavy cream. Priced at just $15.99, it’s a hearty way to chase away the hunger pangs. “Everyone has to try it,” he stresses.

Lisa says comfort food reigns supreme with offerings like the Fried Bologna, with grilled onions.

Chef Brian Swaney has just put the finishing touches on the new winter menu including the Penne Pasta Bolognese, made in-house with rich, heavy cream.

Give the Gift of Station 43
With the season of giving top of mind, Lisa says it’s the perfect time to give the gift of camaraderie. “For every $50 in gift cards you purchase, you’ll receive $10 for yourself to use in 2022,” she reveals.

Giving the gift of Station 43 is an awesome opportunity to introduce someone new to the welcoming vibe here, and enjoy a little something for yourself. Gift cards can be purchased any time the tavern is open.

Pictured is Donte Washington, a valuable all-around team member who pitches in behind the bar, serving and in the kitchen.

Yep, It’s Still Patio Season
“Our patio is open throughout the year, weather permitting,” Lisa comments. “People will still flock to our outdoor space on the warmer days. They just want to be outside.”

With plenty of outdoor seating and a big-screen TV broadcasting all the big games, Lisa says the patio just gives them more room to continue to be safe while providing the opportunity for people to connect socially. “We continue to adhere to all of the safety protocols without sacrificing our warm and welcoming feel,” she notes.

Pictured is Jessica Milani, a dedicated member of the Station 43 team who you’ll find making creative cocktails and serving.

Every Hour is Happy Hour
Anthony says a lot of people visit the Station to kick back and relax after a challenging workday, and he suggests doing it with one of their holiday cocktails. But he also says they are widely known for their seasonal draft beers, so every libation leaning is covered.

“Our prices are very affordable,” Lisa notes. “With people continuing to venture out to restaurants, we’re thrilled they choose to come here. We like to think it’s because of our atmosphere, but for a lot of people it’s about the food. We give you a lot for a little bit of money.”

By popular demand, the jumbo Bavarian pretzel is back.

Station 43 Tavern is located at 39910 Aurora Road, in Solon. Current hours are Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; closed Monday. Lunch is served from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The phone number is 440-836-0043 and you can call ahead for seating or reservations. The web address is where you’ll find dining and catering menus. Like the restaurant on Facebook at Station 43 Tavern. The restaurant offers free Wi-Fi and a free dinner entrée to anyone turning 43 with a valid I.D.

Categories: Eastside Food & Dining